Sri Lankans focus on Australian frailties

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives with flowers to receive blessings at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 4 April 2018. On wednesday (4), Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in the Sri Lankan parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate with 122 MPs voted in his support while 76 MPs voting to remove the prime minister. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

PERTH, Australia, Feb 14, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene vowed here Thursday to target Australian frailties as the tourists bid for top spot in the tri-series table. A win for Sri Lanka on Friday would see them top of the standings, relegating the world champions to bottom place.

His own side’s confidence boosted by a much-needed win over India in Canberra on Tuesday, Jayawardene said the Australians were not as daunting as they had been over the past 10 years.

“It is a good opportunity for us to go top of the table,” he said.

“We’ve got back into the tournament and the guys can really build up on that confidence.

“They (Australia) are a bit under pressure. The batting, there are two or three guys who have been consistently performing, but the rest haven’t been.

“In the past the Aussies have found ways to get back into games, but the last six months I don’t think they’ve got that belief in themselves,” he added.

“If we can push them back from the beginning, we can create more pressure.”

Jayawardene said the Sri Lankans would try to continue Ricky Ponting’s form slump, with the Australian captain yet to reach double figures in the